Parliament’s trade and industry committee has opted to limit the scope of the National Gambling Amendment Bill — adopted this week — to a number of circumscribed issues, leaving contentious matters to the sixth parliament, which will take office after next year’s elections. The redrafted bill adopted by the committee proposes to dissolve the National Gambling Board, which has been under administration for the past four years, and replace it with a National Gambling Regulator, which will be headed up by a CEO and will report directly to the department of trade and industry. This is in line with the department’s policy to do away with the boards of the agencies that fall under it, and implement the National Gambling Policy adopted by the cabinet in 2016. However, DA trade and industry spokesperson Dean Macpherson has criticised the haste and “piecemeal approach” with which the committee has dealt with the bill. He is also critical of the department only presenting a commissioned repor...

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